A newly developed four-cylinder diesel engine, featuring third generation common rail fuel injection, will expand the successful BMW X3 model range in November. The new BMW X3 2.0d, which is being offered for the first time in Australia, is the second BMW model, following the recently updated 120d, to benefit from the new all aluminium four-cylinder diesel.
Developing maximum output of 125 kW and maximum torque of 340 Nm, the new BMW X3 2.0d offers a significant increase in power and pulling force compared to the previous engine. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is a very modest 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
The new X3 2.0d is exclusively equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. "The arrival of the new BMW X3 2.0d expands our diesel offering to six models and will consolidate BMW's position in Australia as the leading luxury supplier of sporty, dynamic, yet frugal diesel engines," said BMW Group Australia Managing Director, Mr Guenther. The BMW X3 is fitted as standard with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive technology and with the arrival of the new four-cylinder diesel will be available with two modern petrol and diesel engines. The all aluminium X3 2.0d four-cylinder diesel features third generation common rail fuel injection, with fuel being dosed by piezo-injectors and injected into the combustion chambers with absolute precision under a pressure of 1,800 bar.
Compared with the former engine, which was not available with the X3 in Australia, the new four-cylinder diesel offers a 20kg weight saving, an increase in power of 10 kW and a reduction in fuel consumption by 10 per cent.Sales of the BMW X3 in Australia have risen seven per cent in 2007 with 552 units delivered to the end of June.